A continuously lessening number of visitors to your blog could be more to do with the extra loading time required to upload your site than to do with any other reason. Moreover, high download timing can mar your chances to be in Google ERP and remove your competitive edge over other contenders. If speed is plaguing you with this downhill traffic, the remedy lies in a few tricks, which are easy as well as effective and help better user experience.
Managing plugins wisely
Although plugins are a great boon to enhance the functionality of your blog but often we neglect to manage them properly. for instance sometimes installing plugins that we don’t require and still leave them there. Removing unwanted plugins and using existing plugins wisely help reduce the cumbersomeness of the website and enhance its downloading capabilities. Also some plugins can be replaced by codes to yield the same functionality but reduced bandwidth. Such codes can be of great help too.
Use php code accelerator
The WordPress platform uses PHP to extract the desired information from the database of the website to the user. Therefore, a php code accelerator, for example eAccelerator, ionCube PHP Accelerator or XCache can be used to significantly increase performance.
Tweaking the settings for MySQL can provide an improved experience. There are a few parameters and codes that can be adjusted for superior speed setting. Firstly, you can tweak performance of your website by using MySQL’s “optimize tables” command helps defragment tables and do clean-up tasks. You can also turn on and tune MySQL’s built-in caching options and then readjust codes to get the optimum values that fit well with your requirements.
Choose a proper hosting provider
Being a lightweight script, WordPress is quite popular and compatible with almost all web-hosting providers that support PHP and MySQL. However, for choosing a host you have to consider the host’s reputation, speed, robustness, and features of the server supporting the website. Otherwise, repenting later will not benefit you and tarnish your reputation too. If you are planning to have a popular website, it is always recommended to go for a dedicated server from the very beginning to maintain a visitor friendly approach. However, for others a shared, free, or managed host can be opted based on the necessities.
Optimize images and data on site
While putting up the images and other content in your blog you have to be more careful that their sizes are optimum and hence do not act as spoilers to compromise with the speed of the blog. The trick you can use here for images is to save images in compressed manner. If you are using Photoshop,save the file as a .jpg file and then automatically the option comes up to compress your image. Moreover using the “optimize” option at a regular interval helps sort out wasted space in your database and makes way for a fast loading site.
The above mentioned steps are often vital to ensure your blog is ready to handle the sort of traffic you are addressing to. Otherwise, it is seen usually visitors are impatient and fickle-minded and often any of them will return back to your site if the first time proved to be a disaster or a long wait to upload.